Teen Thomas Strong Strips Naked Before Ataturk Statue, Deported
British teenager Thomas Strong, 19, was deported from Turkey after arrested for stripping naked and swearing in front of an Ataturk Statue. Mustafa Kemal Ataturk was the founder of the modern Republic of Turkey, and acts of insulting Ataturk is punishable by imprisonment.
British tourist, John ConnolleyTourists should appreciate that if you come to Turkey you should behave respectfully – I think it’s a good thing – otherwise you get Brits behaving horribly like they have been on the Greek islands recently. In fact I think we should adopt the same attitude back home and deport badly behaved foreigners.
On Sunday, Strong was seen dropping his shorts in front of the statue while on holiday in Marmaris. The police arrived in minutes and arrested him. Turkish authorities believed Strong must be drunk or suffering from mental disorders, but health report showed nothing unusual.
Ayhan Hatay, who watched Strong’s actions in horror, said: “We couldn’t believe what we were seeing. Lots of tourists come and look at the Ataturk statue and take pictures. But this lad was something else – he stripped his clothes off and started waving his manhood and swearing at Ataturk.
“The police were there in minutes and took him away in handcuffs. To be honest he’s lucky it was the police that took him – Ataturk is the father of the Turkish Republic and a national hero – the local boys wanted to kill him for being so insulting – what is it about the British that they seem to enjoy being so rude and disrespectful.”
Strong told the court, "I don't know why I did it". He was subsequently ordered to be immediately deported and banned from Turkey for 5 years.
For some Turks, the punishment was not severe enough. A Facebook group called "String up Strong" was formed after the incident, wanting him to be hanged.